Saturday, May 31, 2014

Face-to-Face Pitches

Pitching sessions are a wonderful opportunity to talk with an agent about your manuscript, but they also have some problems.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Disabled Characters

All children should have the opportunity to see themselves reflected in the characters of our books.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Action Scenes

Action scenes add much more to your story than the action depicted.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Contemporary World Building

Just because you're not writing fantasy, that doesn't mean you can skimp on the world building.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Selling Your Book at Events

Things to do before and at events to sell more books.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Blog Tour Tips

How to arrange and conduct your blog tour.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Meeting Deadlines

Here are some tips to avoid the ever-present distractions of life.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Teacher's Guides

Teacher's guides aren't just for nonfiction.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Don't Forget Setting

Your setting affects your characterization, plot, pacing, voice, and much more.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Finding the Right Title

Just remember, no matter how much you like your title, there's a good chance your publisher will change it.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

TV Interviews

What you might want to know before you go on the air.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Fantasy Worlds

Three tools to make your fantasy world more realistic and come alive.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Endowed Objects

Giving your characters props does more than just surround them with things.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

All About Agents

What do agents do, and do children's writers need one?

Friday, May 16, 2014

Does Your Story Have Emotional Impact?

Your characters need to show both empathy and sympathy for other characters.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Author Panels

How to make your author panel run smoothly, even if you're not in charge.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014


Here's a handy list of useful transitional phrases.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Sometime It Is Who You Know

Never underestimate the value of networking with your fellow writers.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Picture Book Tips

Five award-winning picture book authors give their advice.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

To Outline or Not

A third choice is to write the outline and then throw it away as soon as you start writing.

Friday, May 9, 2014


Revision and polishing are not the same thing.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Writing Out of Order

Rather than writing your novel from the first scene to the last, try writing them out of order.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Editing for Agents

Many times an agent will give you feedback and suggest revising before offering representation.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Emotional Plot

Unless your character experiences highs and lows, your story will be flat.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Lack of Agent Communication

What might be happening if your agent has gone missing in action.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Kidlit Blogs

Kidlitosphere Central contains links to a wealth of children's and young adult blogs.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

First Pages

A group of agents give advice on writing the first pages of a novel.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Layers of Characterization

There are many layers you can give your character to add to their depth.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

School Visit Toolbox

Bring a box of these essential tools on every school visit.